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The Recycled Pirate

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Becoming Me (looking back 2 years)

“You got this!” I enforced on myself as I rammed my cain almost through the pavement waiting for the car to pass and I could cross the road of freedom.

Turning the page (A Pirate’s Look at 40)

With all this in mind, it hurts. I'm hurting. I feel I failed. I feel I've lost a some parts that I could have won. I know these are "just" human doubts, but still, let me share my thoughts.

The TEDx Aruba Aftermath; Emptiness.

I feel empty. Almost lost, but mostly just empty. Months of preparations, years of wishing. A build up of emotions, expectations, realizations. The tension that slowly sneaks into your whole being. It's not just talking on a red dot, the stage or the attention that comes with it. For me it is the emotions that I canalized to be able to do what I do.

Bucket list, check! #TEDxAruba

I pushed myself up from my wheelchair and climbed into the hospital bed, immediately reaching for my journal next to my pillow. As I started writing, tears wet the paper I was writing on...

The TEDx Aruba Transcript (Official)

4 years ago I witnessed death in my arms and saw what fighting for your last breathe of air really was like. I had been on a dive with my girlfriend and we went too deep for too long. Too irresponsible. After an emergency ascent I saw her bloodshot eyes, her pale face and her blue lips as she was gasping for air.

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